VFW Announces Kick-Off of Annual $5,000 Patriotic Essay Writing Competition

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[September 05, 2023]    VFW Commander Bill Stauffer and VFW Auxiliary President Teresa Pourchot, of Cronin Brothers Post 1756 announces the kick-off of this year’s VFW’s Patriot’s Pen Patriotic Essay Writing Competition. Local junior high school students (Grades 6-8) have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Students must submit a typed essay, 300-400 words (+ or – 5 words max) on the selected theme and completed entry form to their local VFW Post by October 31. The 2023-20224 theme selected is
“How are you inspired by America?” Students begin by competing at the local Post level, then Post winners compete at the District level with the winner advancing to the state competition.

All state first-place winners receive a four day trip to Washington, D.C. and the chance to compete for their share of more than $50,000 in prize money. The first-place winner receives $5000.

Conducted nationwide, this VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. We invite you to join the more than 138,000 students who participated last year in this contest. The interested students and teachers should contact the Voice of Democracy Chairman at VFW Post 1756 by phone at 217-480-0057 or email VFWPost1756_VOD-PP@yahoo.com for more information.

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FOR DETAILS VISIT https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships

ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces.

Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation's largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans organization. With nearly 1.9 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,800 Posts worldwide, “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.” The VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.

[Text received from Michelle Ramlow]


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